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Who Is To Blame For Villa's 'Decline'?

Who Is To Blame For Villa's 'Decline'?

Who is to Blame for the Villa Decline?

Players (some) and manager have all come in for some stick in recent weeks as the season has once again shown signs of stalling at the wrong time.

Maybe though we should ask who is to blame - really?

Some players?

Generally most have given their all in the season to date - and certainly many of the key players have given everything that could be asked of them. None has under-performed on a regular basis - in terms of effort or obvious intent - and if some disagree with this statement, then blame the manager for picking them.

The manager?

Always an easy target and I have wondered whether he has hit a ceiling. But wait, maybe he is playing what he considers to be his best team because he knows that to make changes will only weaken whatever chance we have of winning the next game. So who is to blame if some of the other players are not good enough? Easy to say the manager, but in any situation, there will always be better players and the desire to keep them playing - Wayne Rooney as an example anyone?

The owner?

Randy has been a breath of fresh air but to some extent must be to 'blame' because he sets the budgets for new players fees and salaries and therefore must have limited the manager's desire to buy. However the financial data released over the past few weeks shows that as a club Villa is reliant on Randy's funding - it is not a profitable club and we can see enough cases of where over spending has led to serious problems, so he is right to exercise some constraints - and maybe more than he does.

The fans?

Yes maybe we are to blame for unrealistic expectations. Fact is we pay some of the lowest seat prices in the PL and do not have the largest stadium. So annual revenues - i.e. net money paid out by us - is amongst the lowest in the top six or eight clubs. On the one hand we don't want to pay more but on the other all the evidence shows that the highest earning clubs are the most successful. Maybe we should be offering to pay more? So back to the start - who is to blame? One answer is everyone in their own way. MON could have bought some better players and used the ones he has better, Randy could have given him some more cash, some players should have shown up at vital times but didn't and the fans? Some of us got carried away and have forgotten that this is a long term trip we are on. All round the club is now in a much better state than it has been over the 48 years I have followed it, except for a couple of odd years that weren't sustained.

Another answer is what decline?

As someone else said over the weekend, it's time to calm down and be thankful for what we have, I'd hate to go back to where we were and believe that if we all stick together, it will get better still, though without more funding from we fans as a whole, what we have will never be improved upon or sustained.


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Is kevin48 a mixture of part glensider/part '48? Something to ponder, eh?
14/04/2010 15:49:00
blame......Adrian Heath, Sasa Curcic, Warren Aspinall, Didier Six, Bosko Balaban and Savo :-)
13/04/2010 14:28:00
Silly article imo, set up for rants of which i will not be drawn.
holte ender 1969
13/04/2010 08:28:00
What decline? Id say solidify more than anything. You guys are almost as fickle as us! True you havent improved much from last season (And with Heskey's goal/assist record upfront you never will) But you did great last season and imo are a top side
13/04/2010 04:27:00
I'm looking forward to supporting Mon and the team next season but he isn't perfect (no one is) and isn't immune to criticism and some of the people who do criticise him are big Villa Fans and do not warrant the abuse they sometimes get . But having different views is what makes a website like this so good .. If everybody had the same view it would get pretty boring .
13/04/2010 04:19:00
There is no decline, the "Usual" top 4 and now possibly Man City have more non UK players than we could dream of, and also have either a seemless amount of cash or a potential crippling debt IF they drop out of the CL. The Villa cannot compete financially with that and unless there is a sound financial stability around the Club we would end up in Div 1 let alone the Championship. So we went out of the Cup, did we disgrace ourselves - NO. I bet Spurs fans are more disgusted than we are, and like Spurs the Villa's main ambition is that elusive 4th place in the League. Will we get there this time, perhaps not but they won't be very far off and will finish higher than Liverpool. I like Villa4Europes comment, but also remember the quote that Rome was not built in a day. The Reserves have won their league again, this shows the strength waiting in the wings. How many English International's do we have ? I remember when we had zero or at the most 1 or 2, the future looks bright under MON. Yes he exasperates me, but would any of us do any better. A stable financial club leads to success. We have a Youth team that is brimming with talent. MON's aim is CL football, this season we have a defence, apart from when we play Chelsea, that is tighter than for a long time. Yes we all agree we need a Striker, along with every other Club in the EPL. To sum up we are not in decline but holding our own and looking better this year than last. Season 10/11 looks good.
13/04/2010 03:33:00
I'm with jimjim, can't stand the chap. i think we should've bought doyle instead, because we all know, he's not the greatest player in the world but still has a shot once in a while and scores. oh... and he can stand up for more than 12 seconds at a time. He may have come off, may not, but we all knew Heskey was going to be... below our standards(?) before he even put the shirt on. the only reason i can think of MON bought him was for a favour to him to try and get him into the England team, but at what detriment has this caused to us? maybe the champions league, who knows...
12/04/2010 23:29:00
Just blame it on Heskey
12/04/2010 21:33:00
I applaud you YJ, you continue to debate extremely well and don't get drawn by the name calling and personal attacks of others, it is obvious that pointing out the problems does not make you any less of a Villa fan
12/04/2010 21:28:00
Maybe a comedy fight between VOTH and YJ is the answer - a la Harry Hill style... Maybe we could give Tony Mobray a try, or Souness, or Hughes, or get Graham Taylor back again. What about Venglos!!! Cristian Gross or that other clown who nearly took Spuds down last year...! MON is NOT the best we can do - his IS amongst the best right now! Players I would not part with: Friedel, Davis, Carlos< Dunne, Warnock, Collins, Bouma. - Downing, Ash, Milner - Gabby. We HAVE to add to that mainly BRILLIANT core for next season. We ARE growing. MON can make excuses about the Wembley sendings off and penalties but 99% of the media and other fans agree with that and not just 'cus they hate the Sky 4 too. We were VERY close. MON's going nowhere and next season's going to be even better and we ain't finished this one yet!
12/04/2010 18:55:00
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